In 1968 outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, all hell broke loose. Antiwar protesters had gathered outside the Hilton Hotel, but what was a peaceful demonstration turned violent when police arrested and even beat some of those being arrested, all while TV cameras were trained on the scene. As they were being loaded into police vans, protesters chanted "the whole world is watching."
Twitter and other forms of social media are now legitimate tools in the fight for social justice.
With the dawn of live TV in the 1960s and the advent of better, more portable videocameras and recording technology, the average American was, for the first time, able to put moving pictures with words. From Chicago to the south where police unleashed dogs and fire hoses on blacks to images of body bags brought home from Asian battlefields, these powerful visual images shocked a nation, helped bring an end to the war and even altered the state of race relations in the country.
Today, we have Twitter...and Facebook...and YouTube...and Instagram. And, in Ferguson, home to the the most recent and disturbing social unrest in America, the world is once again watching.More »